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The ToePro foot exercise platform has been designed to improve performance by strengthening muscles of the foot and leg in their lengthened positions. Compared to conventional exercises, exercising lengthened muscles produces nearly fourfold increases in strength.
Increasing toe and arch strength is important for injuries like plantar fasciitis, metatarsal stress fractures, and bunions, which are strongly correlated with toe weakness.
The ToePro Foot Exercise Device is also useful for the prevention of falls in the elderly: every 1% increase in force generated beneath the big toe decreases a senior's risk of falling by 7%.
Does a Torn Rotator Cuff Really Require Surgery?
* Tears of the rotator cuff tendons are extremely common, and the vast majority of these tears involve the supraspinatus tendon.
* Because small to moderate thickness supraspinatus tears respond so well to conservative care, whereas massive full-thickness tears have better long-term outcomes with surgical repair, it is important to identify the precise degree of tendon tearing prior to initiating treatment.
* It is possible to determine the extent of a supraspinatus tendon tear by creating a strength ratio between supraspinatus and the external rotators using a handheld dynamometer. The same handheld dynamometer can be used to measure the strength ratio between shoulder external and internal rotators, and a ratio below .75 is a proven predictor of future shoulder injury.
* Specific rotator cuff exercises are described to correct muscle imbalances, with the ultimate goal being a one-to-one ratio between the shoulder external/internal rotators.
THE TWO-TO-ONE ANKLE ROCKBOARD
THE NEW TWO-TO-ONE ANKLE ROCKBOARD IS NOW AVAILABLE!
We've spent twelve months perfecting our new Two-to-One Ankle Rockboard. Redesigning, modifying and finally developing a rockboard with the perfect shape and density. Unlike most rockboards, the new Two-to-One Ankle Rockboard is made of a high-durometer urethane rubber that provides a specific amount of flex. This subtle flex increases user resistance, enhancing strength and proprioceptive gains.
Of course, the Two-to-One Rockboard still has the unique Two-to-One design developed by Dr. Michaud that allows your foot and ankle to move through its natural two to one ratio. We've taken the perfect rockboard design and made it even MORE perfect!
THE TOEPRO/HIP STRENGTH DYNAMOMETER
Pair this clever device with the ToePro to precisely monitor toe strength results. Place the card beneath the patients/athletes toes and pull slowly as they try to hold the card down. The dynamometer has a peak hold setting for a precise reading. The optional strap (sold separately) is for measuring hip strength. Read a brief article on the dynamometer, and watch a video of the dynamometer being used.
Welcome to Human Locomotion.com
HumanLocomotion.com provides books and articles written by Dr. Tom Michaud, as well as clinical tools and rehab products for state-of-the-art management of gait-related disorders.
Human Locomotion, a technical book written for sports medicine professionals, is available on Amazon.com. Currently translated into Korean and Japanese, and in 2021 will be published in Russian, Chinese, and Dutch. Students can purchase the book at a discounted price by contacting us through the "contact us" page.
Injury-Free Running is for serious runners interested in treating and preventing running injuries. The second edition, published by Lotus in Europe and North Atlantic in the United States, is now available on Amazon.com. See below for more information.
The biomechanical measuring devices are made from anodized aluminum with dovetail joints machined to 1000th of an inch accuracy. Our products include the ToePro Foot/Ankle Exercise Platform, the ToePro/Hip Strength Dynamometer, The Two-To-One Ankle Rockboard, and the Triple Stick Strap.
Each product has a video link demonstrating it's use, and in the future we will be adding new videos of exercises recommended by Dr. Michaud.
NOW ON AMAZON! Injury-Free Running, Second Edition
Dr. Tom Michaud's definitive guide on how to build strength, improve form, and treat/prevent injuries is on sale on Amazon.com.
Injury-Free Running, Second Edition will show you how to:
* Perform an at-home gait analysis to make specific changes in your running form.
*Decrease your risk of injury by identifying problems with strength, flexibility and/or neuromotor coordination using specific functional tests.
*Incorporate new exercises to enhance the storage and return of energy in your tendons.
*Treat 25 of the most common running-related injuries with the most up-to-date, scientifically justified treatment protocols available.
Praise for Injury-Free running
Uta Pippig, Olympian and three-time winner of the Boston Marathon
From personal experience, I know that Dr. Michaud is an expert on the biomechanics of this wonderful sport. If you love running, you will love this book.
Joan Benoit-Samuelson, world record holder in the marathon from 1983-1985, gold medalist in the 1984 Olympics
Dr. Michaud's experience with runners has been long running and highly praised. His vast knowledge of the human body and understanding of biomechanics will help you achieve your peak potential. This book is a great resource for athletes of all ages and abilities.
Tegla Laroupe, women's world record holder in the marathon from 1998-2001
Dr. Michaud kept me running through the toughest parts of my career. The information in this book can help runners of all levels remain injury-free.
THE OVERLOOKED AND UNDERAPPRECIATED SOLEUS MUSCLE
THIS NEW ARTICLE IS ALL ABOUT THE INCREDIBLE SOLEUS MUSCLE AND EVERYTHING IT DOES FOR US. IT'S THE LARGEST MUSCLE IN THE LEG, PRODUCING A FORCE OF NEARLY 8 TIMES BODY WEIGHT DURING PUSHOFF. WEAKNESS OF THIS MUSCLE CORRELATES WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF ACHILLES TENDINOPATHY. CLICK BELOW TO READ ALL ABOUT THE SOLEUS.
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MOST POPULAR ARTICLES by DR. TOM MICHAUD
NEW VIDEO! BIOMECHANICAL EXAMINATION AND GAIT ANALYSIS BY DR. TOM MICHAUD
In this new video, Dr. Michaud reviews the biomechanical assessment of an injured athlete. The first 45 minutes of the video reviews the physical exam. The final 10 minutes of the video provides an in-depth gait analysis with crucial measurements necessary to improve performance and prevent injury.
PRAISE FOR HUMAN LOCOMOTION, WRITTEN BY DR. TOM MICHAUD
Hylton Menz, PhD, Former Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Foot and Ankle Research.
This is by far the most thorough text on lower extremity biomechanics currently available. Highly recommended, both for students and clinicians.
Warren Hammer, DC. Author of "Functional Soft Tissue Examination and Treatment by Manual Methods," Aspen Publishers.
Dr. Michaud explains everything we need to know about the gait cycle, it's evaluation, orthotics and treatment protocols. This book is a must read in our quest to help people live a more pain free life.
Matt Dilnot, podiatrist. Cofounder of Equus Medical and past president of the Australian Podiatry Association.
This is absolutely the best source available on the mechanics, diagnosis, and conservative treatment of gait-related disorders. Whether you are a podiatrist, pedorthist, physical therapist or chiropractor, you must have this book.